Key features of this course:
- Opportunities for students to publish their work from the very first week and throughout their undergraduate programme along with an intensive writing ‘retreat’ at the start of the course
- Excellent work placement opportunities, including through Writing West Midlands and Ledbury Poetry Festival
- Exciting programme of guest speakers and a Student writing magazine: The Fuse
- Writing for a range of digital, print, audio, visual and performance platforms
- Study diverse literatures emanating from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries – and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts
- Opportunities to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals, related events and a work project module
- Strong emphasis on the development of advanced literacy and communication skills
Studying for a Joint Honours degree in Creative & Professional Writing and English Literature gives you the opportunity to combine your own development as a writer with academic study of literary texts in English. The two courses offer complementary yet contrasting approaches to thinking about writing and the dynamic, multi-faceted contexts of its production - from those of Shakespeare or Zora Neale Hurston, for example, to those of your world, today.
Creative & Professional Writing aims to nurture your confidence as a writer and to support your development as a critical and skilful analyst of your own and others’ writing. Throughout, you will be immersed in intellectual issues informing the discipline and practices of writing and learn to place your own writing within contexts of published work. You will develop expertise in commercial practice (writing for magazines, reviewing, scriptwriting, editing) and understanding of publishing and marketing processes alongside working towards your own, creative development. You will work with published writers, professional publishers and editors with a variety of specialisms including poetry, travel writing, writing for the screen, writing fiction, writing for performance, writing for children, feature writing, blogging and copy writing. Your development and achievements will be assessed by means of a wide variety of writing ‘tasks’ and each of your first two years will begin with an intensive weekend writing retreat. Designed to inspire you for the year ahead, the retreats also seed lifelong friendships and develop networks. In your third year, you will undertake a major writing project of your choice, mentored by members of the course team, alongside participating in a range of activity designed to support you to prepare for progression once you have graduated.
English Literature provides opportunities to explore literatures from the 16th to 21st centuries, embracing both mainstream, ‘canonical’ and less familiar, ‘marginal’ texts. It invites you to share with your lecturers cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism (the understanding of literary texts through exploration of the interconnections between human culture and organic and animal worlds). From the outset, you will develop skills of close and creative reading, as well as a critical awareness of the relationship between texts and their contexts. Increasingly as the course progresses, you will explore literature from a range of theoretical perspectives current throughout the humanities. This, in turn, will support you to specialise in the areas of literature that interest you most. There are also opportunities to explore relationships between literature and other kinds of expression, for example painting and illustration.
Studying these subjects in combination will be an exciting prospect if you like both academic study and creative, practical work - and if reading, writing and ‘contemporary’ cultural forms are what excite your curiosity (with ‘contemporary’ embracing not just the culture of your today but of diverse others, from readers and writers in 17th century England to those of early 20th century America).
104 UCAS Tariff points
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- Course content
Introduction to Writing - a tool kit of techniques for creative and professional writing
What is Literature?
Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference of View
Introduction to Feature Writing
English Literature Across the Centuries
English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
Introduction to American Writing
Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
Writer as Researcher
Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice
Writing for Children
Intermediate Feature Writing
Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image
Literary England and the Great War, 1900 – 1930
The American Short Story
Enlightened Minds: Literature 1688 – 1760
Literature in English Around the World
Extended writing project mentored by practitioners
Career and Project
Writing for Performance
Hypertexts – Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama
Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry
Fantasy and the 1980s
Cities and Fiction
American Writing and the Wilderness
Irish Writing since 1900
Literature in Film Adaptation
What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus
Independent Research Project
Extended Independent Research Project
The Creative and Professional Writing element of the course will provide a foundation for students who are interested in developing writing as a profession, for example in the creative industries and/or commercial markets and an understanding of how writers make a living. Graduates from this course will be very successful candidates for careers in teaching because of the emphasis on writing in the new English curricula. Graduates may equally go on to work in sectors such as publishing, the media, marketing and communications. The course also provides an excellent basis for further study or for self-employment as a freelance writer.
Many English Literature graduates will take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree will choose to progress to a Masters course, which will then often lead to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies.
Throughout the English Literature element of the course, there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.
- How to apply
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Creative & Professional Writing and English Literature BA (Hons) - WQ82
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